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Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight

President-elect Joe Biden

Joe BidenOutside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn’t concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE’s White House transition and an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases across the country are expected to dominate the Sunday talk show circuit this weekend.

Biden’s victory in the presidential race, in which he’s projected to win 306 Electoral College votes, has not been certified by the General Services Administration (GSA), a legal requirement that would allow transition officials to receive classified information and work with administration staffers.

Virtually every Democrat and a small but growing number of Republicans have said the GSA should “ascertain” Biden as the president-elect, saying doing so could give him information to be better prepared to tackle national security threats and the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine once he enters the White House.

Several transition officials will hit the Sunday shows, including incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain on ABC’s “This Week,” incoming adviser Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondFormer Sanders press secretary: Biden appointments ‘undermine the idea’ of a more progressive administration The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg and Dorsey return for another hearing | House passes 5G funding bill | Twitter introduces ‘fleets’ MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” transition adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersSunday shows – Biden win reverberates Biden adviser says White House has not reached out to president-elect Kushner has approached Trump about concession: report MORE on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and transition adviser Jen Psaki on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The shows are also anticipated to tackle the latest surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. hit 12 million Saturday, and the weekly average of new cases has exceeded 100,000 for the past two weeks, with daily case counts routinely approaching 200,000. 

The virus has spread more quickly in recent days than in past weeks, with the country taking more than two weeks to go from 8 million to 9 million cases, 10 days to go from 9 million to 10 million cases and six days to go from 10 million to 11 million cases. 

However, Congress has still floundered in agreeing on the topline spending figures for another coronavirus stimulus package, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpBen Carson says he’s ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘extremely sick’ with COVID-19 Biden will receive @POTUS Twitter account on Jan. 20 even if Trump doesn’t concede, company says Trump to participate in virtual G-20 summit amid coronavirus surge MORE in recent days has publicly put more focus on his fight to overturn the election results than on efforts to combat the virus.

Among the few promising signs were studies released this week showing that two vaccine candidates, from Pfizer and Moderna, are more than 90 percent effective.

Here is the full list of guests on the Sunday shows this week:

ABC’s “This Week” — Klain; Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the government’s coronavirus vaccine effort

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Richmond; Sen. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerMeadows meets with Senate GOP to discuss end-of-year priorities We need a (common) ‘sense of the Senate’ resolution on transition planning Deadlock leaves no clear path for lame-duck coronavirus deal  MORE (R-N.D.); Slaoui

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says Santa Claus won’t be spreading coronavirus due to ‘innate immunity’ Bill Gates: ‘I feel very confident’ COVID-19 vaccine is safe Fauci gets frustrated: ‘Get rid of these ridiculous conspiracy theories’ MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; H.R. McMaster, former national security adviser; CVS CEO Larry Merlo; Sanders

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Slaoui; Psaki; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R); John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump’s cyber firing stirs outrage Trump seeks to settle scores in final days Bolton fears Trump likely has ‘enemies list’ with more people to fire MORE, former national security adviser to Trump

“Fox News Sunday” — Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Kate Bedingfield, Biden deputy campaign manager

“Sunday Morning Futures” — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyPeters criticizes Trump for not taking action after cyberattacks on hospitals, COVID-19 researchers McConnell, Pelosi hunt for funding deal as shutdown deadline looms The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans MORE (R-Calif.); Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Lou Dobbs demands GOP help Trump fight for ‘what is rightfully his’ MORE (R-Calif.); Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerOutside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs Cheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud Top GOP super PACs drop million on Georgia Senate runoffs MORE (R-Ga.); Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: War over the Supreme Court Dershowitz suing CNN for 0 million in defamation suit Bannon and Maxwell cases display DOJ press strategy chutzpah MORE, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus 

“America This Week With Eric Bolling” — Sen Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Twitter CEO next week Government efforts to ‘fix’ social media bias overlooks the destruction of our discourse MORE (R-Tenn.); Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro; former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg and Dorsey return for another hearing | House passes 5G funding bill | Twitter introduces ‘fleets’ Lawmakers question tech CEOs about content moderation in first post-election hearing Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on MORE; Jim Carroll, Director of The Office Of National Drug Policy; Sharyl Attkisson, writer

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